In line with JMU's directive on Environmental Sustainability, the Office of Advancement Gifts and Records made the switch from printing documents to saving them as PDF files on secure servers. This is a huge step for AG&R which has traditionally been a very heavy producer of printed documentation.
Working with numerous departments around campus, including Payroll Services and the University Foundation, and utilizing strong collaboration within AG&R, the transition has been a smooth and efficient one.
AG&R staff also contribute towards environmental sustainability with the assistance of enthusiastic Housekeeper Lea Foley. Lea has instigated a recycling program where all recyclable items and non-confidential waste paper are separated and sent to recycling services.
Life, in many ways, is defined by the development of connections. How does one thing impact another? How do people bring about change? How does evolution get its start? How does it sustain itself? Who will lead the charge into tomorrow?
In March of 1908, the Virginia General Assembly passed an appropriations bill that would provide $50,000 for the establishment of a new Normal School in Harrisonburg. Educators, builders, administrators and policy makers banded together and the first steps were taken to create a school unlike any other — a place of higher education with an emphasis on student involvement, on real-world problem solving and on building enlightened citizens ready to change the world.
More than 100 years later, James Madison University stands as one of the country’s finest comprehensive institutions. At the heart of this is a heavy emphasis on the development of the student and a deep understanding of social responsibility. Now, 100 years after the school’s first graduates received their degrees, and 100 days before the JMU Alumni Association will celebrate its centennial on Homecoming weekend, we pay tribute to some notable alumni who have taken their Madison Experience and used it to change the world for the better.
Check back tomorrow, and every day after until Homecoming weekend, as we recognize members of the Madison family who have made a difference.